Changing images of childhood : reconceptualising early childhood practice

Sorin, Reesa (2005) Changing images of childhood : reconceptualising early childhood practice. International Journal of Transitions in Childhood, 1. pp. 12-21.

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Abstract

During the early years of life, children experience a number of transitions as they grow and develop, and move from home to care and education. To support young children during these times, early childhood practitioners may need to make transitions of their own; in the way they view children and childhood, and in the practices they undertake based on their views. Viewed from a Reconceptualist perspective (Lambert, 2003), this paper presents ten constructs of childhood (Sorin & Galloway, 2005) and identifies ways in which they may be present in early childhood practice. Yelland and Kilderry (2005) argue, “one of the aims of education is to prepare citizens for the ‘real world’, and the ‘real worlds’ of today are multi-faceted and often the issues that arise are not easily solved but instead need to have multiple readings and interpretations” (p.11). The paper challenges practitioners to critically examine how these constructs affect their own practice and, where necessary, to change their views and actions toward young children.

Item ID: 480
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Early childhood, Childhood transitions, Childhood, ECE practice
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Copyright 2005 University of Melbourne

BibEntry#:11909

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ISSN: 1833-2390
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2006
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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